- ATBU has produced over 500,000 hand sanitisers in Bauchi state
- Prof Muhammad Abdul'Azeez, the vice-chancellor of the university, made this known on Thursday, April 9
- The institution had invented the disinfection machine in the state
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi (ATBU), as a research and invention institution, has reiterated its commitment to producing materials and inventing equipment that would help Nigeria in fighting the spread of COVID-19 and any other related disease.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Bauchi, Sani Hamza Funtua, reports that the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Muhammad Abdul'Azeez, made the promise on Thursday 9, April 9, while donating hand sanitizers to inmates of the Bauchi correctional centre.
He explained that the university decided to make the donation as part of its social responsibility and community service as well as considering that the inmates of the correctional center also need attention.
Abdul'Azeez added that the university management considers the importance of meeting with the needs of the inmates who he said are Nigerians despite the fact that they are in incarceration stressing that they should be treated equally.
He said: “The exercise is in line with the cardinal objectives of the university which are teaching, research and community services; hence we see the need to sit down with the management of the correctional center on how we can establish a synergy to provide more ways of protecting the inmates from COVID-19 and any other related diseases.”
While receiving the hand sanitisers on behalf of the inmates, the controller of Bauchi medium correctional center, represented by his deputy, Sulaiman Inuwa, thanked the ATBU management for the gesture stating that it was timely considering the fact that the inmates need attention just like any other Nigerian.
Suleman Inuwa assured that the items would be judiciously used for the purpose it is meant for, adding that series of awareness is currently ongoing aimed at sensitising the inmates on the importance of healthy living, and also calling on other well-to-do individuals in the society and organisations in the state to come to the aid of the centre in order to check the spread of COVID-19 among the inmates.
In another development, the ATBU has been commended for its effort in inventing aerosol box, the disinfection machine, ventilator and other equipment capable of curtailing novel viruses like Ebola, Lassa Fever and coronavirus.
The Emir of Bauchi, Rilawanu Sulaiman Adamu, made the commendation while receiving the vice-chancellor, ATBU, and his entourage in his palace, on Thursday 9, April 9.
Adamu used the medium to re-iterate the emirate council readiness in supporting the university and making awareness campaigns for the danger of coronavirus and how people can protect their selves.
In his remark, the ATBU vice-chancellor called on interested wealthy individuals and philanthropists to join hand with the university in providing hand sanitizers and other equipment that will help in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
He made the call when he inspected the samples of its own-made sanitizers at the medical centre of the institution, noting that the daily rise in the price of hand sanitizers in markets is becoming alarming, hence the need to produce “not for sale” sanitisers and distribute them to the people.
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Expressing dismay on how some people are taking advantage of the current situation, thus hiking the price of commodities, the VC announced that the university has intended to produce over 500,000 cartoons of hand sanitizers with the aim to normalise the price of it in the market.
In her explanatory statement, Elizabeth Awa, Chief of Pharmacy, ATBU Medical Centre, explained that the hand sanitizers produced at the university are up to the World Health Organization standard and in 100ml, 200ml and above.
She said they arrived at a conclusion to produce the sanitizers after the state governor has tested positive of the COVID-19 and with a circulation of fake products in the market, making it a challenge for the institution to produced standard sanitizers that can be distributed free to the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Aliyu Yakubu, a private medical practitioner based in Daura, Katsina state, provided medical consultations and services to top traditional rulers and prominent people not long before he passed away from coronavirus.
It was reported that the late doctor who is from Kogi state, returned to Katsina after a trip from Lagos before being hospitalised at the Air Force Referral Hospital.
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